The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched by the Taupo Police to Mt Ruapehu on Sunday 15 July to assist with the search for a missing man.
The man had set out on a hike from the Tukino ski area the previous day, just after midday. The man had fallen, sliding a considerable distance down the eastern slopes above Tukino. Having sustained a knee injury and disoriented by the incoming cloud and his fall, he was forced to try to shelter for the night.
The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was called in to deploy LandSAR personnel and Tukino and Mt Ruapehu Ski patrollers into search segments. The rescue helicopter then searched the outer perimeter of the area of interest, and in any gullies and under cliffs not accessible to the ground searchers
The ground searchers located some boot marks in the snow, which eventually led to the missing man who by this stage was extremely cold, but in remarkably good condition.
The man was quickly evacuated from his location and taken to hospital for assessment.